Thursday, January 29, 2015

Australian study screens baby's brains

Here is a report on an Australian research study which screens baby's brains. Those babies have stuttering siblings, which make them more likely to develop stuttering. How successful is this study going to be?

As always in Australia, Mark Onslow is involved. He was probably the person who worked hard to get the money and the people together, something he is good at. The outcome of his studies is not always so good unfortunately. First, the outcome study of Lidcombe early childhood intervention was problematic and a review a few years later was unable to locate all the kids who actually had taken part in the treatment. Second, there was a long-term study on stuttering on a large scale, but I haven't heard of the results at age 5, for example, even though the study should have those data. Long-term studies are always sensitive to many factors, e.g. people leaving, money running out, people using interests.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Lidcombe is dead: long live any treatment?

It took Peter years to get Marie-Christine Franken on StutterTalk. So enjoy the podcast! And it took her years to have the 2007 comparative study between Lidcombe and Demands&Capacities analysed and published: a true source of frustration to me as this is such a key piece of research to dispel claims of supremacy by Lidcombe. Already in 2012, they had the data but it took more than 2 years to write it up and get it published.

The listener will note that Marie-Christen is a bit scared of misspeaking and of her findings... She might be an overly cautious person by nature, but if a friend of a friend told you that she actually got bullied from someone in a distant land and was concerned about her job security, you can understand why she behaves the way she behaves.

The key statements are
  • The large-scale study started in 2007 did not find a significant overall difference between the two treatment approaches: Lidcombe and Demand and Capacities treatment.
  • She expects the study to be published within months.
  • She refutes that it is only ethical to use Lidcombe.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

How the tower of information leads to an integrated framework for biopsychosocial ideas

I have published an article with a friend of mine on a new framework on how to classify all drivers of human behaviour and experience. I have specifically designed it to include all possible drivers of stuttering behaviour in one single framework, and it turned out to be generic to all behaviour and disorders. More details on our website bps2.com.

Here is the abstract:
The biopsychosocial model is the prevailing conceptual model in relationship to which clinicians organize their analysis, evaluation and intervention. Since its promotion by Engel, little work has been done to provide a more solid conceptual basis for the relationship between the biological and the psychosocial processes in sickness and in health. We propose such a framework, using the perspective of life forms as information gathering and utilizing systems. We derive the simplest non-trivial model, the four domain model, which consists of the physical domains determining human processes: the environment, the body, the confined memories, and the communicable memories. We then re-visit Engel's case study to contrast our model with his systems approach, and apply it to issues in psychosomatics and the mind-body connection.
If you want a complimentary copy, please send me an email: tom dot weidig at gmail dot com


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Check out and support Dylan's work!


My name is Dylan Madeley, and I've struggled to come to terms with two different aspects of my life. The first one set me on a path of frustration and retrying, constant self-improvement, bouts of social isolation, and has ultimately played a huge role in defining who I am today. The second one is stuttering, which I've lived with since about age five. In both cases, I spent some time running away in one form or another; in both cases, I have felt more whole as a person by accepting them and being more open about them. I live in a suburb north of Toronto with two chinchillas, write and copy edit for Auxiliary Magazine, and in my spare time pursue a career as a novelist. I have written one manuscript of minimum 50,000 words each year since 2008.

Since this blog has a stuttering/cluttering focus, I'll share my views about how these two things relate to each other. I took up creative writing a few years after developing a stutter, and my dad inspired me to tell stories. While I can't reach into my thought processes at the time, I strongly suspect that here I was with very real and seemingly insurmountable communication difficulties, immediately setting me apart from every other kid I knew (for years, the only other two stutterers I had ever met were two guys who also attended Sick Kids for speech therapy). The written word has its own challenges, vast and not perfectly understood by me at a

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Lecture material from Antwerp Stuttering Conference



You can find my presentation here. I talk again about how we need to find a common framework encompassing all elements that drive stuttering behaviour.

All other presentations are on this webpage listing all the speakers and parallel sessions here.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Facial expressions may lead to miscommunication during a business video meeting


Michael Yunat from GetVIOP suggested the below "infographic, where we demonstrate how facial expressions may lead to miscommunication during a business video meeting." More here.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Press release from The Stuttering Foundation

For Immediate Release
Contact: Greg Wilson
Picture caption: Stuttering Foundation President Jane Fraser (second from left) honors authors Scott Damian, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, Anna Olswanger and Vince Vawter during its National Stuttering Awareness Week gala at the Lotos Club in New York City.
                                                                   
Stuttering Foundation Honors Four Courageous, Inspirational Authors

NEW YORK (May 13, 2014) — To celebrate National Stuttering Awareness Week, May 12-18, the Stuttering Foundation (www.StutteringHelp.org) honored four authors whose recent books are widely acclaimed by both critics and readers alike.